‘Do not put my daughter’s name on Utøya memorial’
Norway

‘Do not put my daughter’s name on Utøya memorial’

The mother of a 14-year-old girl who was shot dead by far-right extremist Anders Breivik wants to stop her daughter's name being used on the 'Memory Wound' memorial designed by Swedish artist Jonas Wahlberg.

Treasurer siphons 770K from wastewater group
Switzerland

Treasurer siphons 770K from wastewater group

The man formerly in charge of finances for a public wastewater treatment association in the canton of Vaud stole 770,000 francs ($880,000) from the organization, a new investigation has discovered.

‘Political princess’ article riles Swedish minister
Sweden

‘Political princess’ article riles Swedish minister

Sweden's enterprise minister has distanced herself from a ladies magazine interview that focused on her desire for kids and dubbed her a political princess, which has turned the stomach of many an equality-minded Swede.

Dirty air prompts free public transport in Paris
France

Dirty air prompts free public transport in Paris

Public transportation in the capital will be "gratuit" from Friday morning to Sunday night, as officials battle against a spike in "dangerously" poor air quality. Velib' rental bikes and the car-sharing Autolib' scheme are also on the house.

‘France has a lot to offer, but we’re all depressed’
France

‘France has a lot to offer, but we’re all depressed’

A recent study sounded the alarm bells that younger French workers were heading abroad in droves to find better job opportunities, but the reality of why people quit France appears more complex. To find out more The Local met several of those set to leave.

‘I had parents’ blessing’: Rainforest kidnapper
Spain

‘I had parents’ blessing’: Rainforest kidnapper

New details of the case involving the kidnapping of a nine-year-old Barcelona girl rescued seven months later in the Amazon rainforest are emerging.

Spanish PM turns down free English course
Spain

Spanish PM turns down free English course

Spanish Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy has sent a rejection letter to a language school that recently offered him a free language course in the UK. Here, school founder Silvía García gives The Local her reaction to the news.

Berlusconi’s ‘white lady’ detained for cocaine
Italy

Berlusconi’s ‘white lady’ detained for cocaine

A woman who was once thought to be Silvio Berlusconi's girlfriend has been detained at Rome's Fiumicino airport after police found 24kg of cocaine in her luggage.

Sarkozy’s ‘alias’ may sue over phone tap scandal
France

Sarkozy’s ‘alias’ may sue over phone tap scandal

A man was weighing up whether to sue on Thursday after his name was "stolen" and used to register a secret mobile phone used by ex-president Nicolas Sarkozy, who is at the centre of yet another major scandal.

Rainy weekend to ruin early spring fever
Germany

Rainy weekend to ruin early spring fever

Germany has been revelling in balmy spring weather the past week. But as low pressure sweeps in over the weekend, so will rain and wind, according the state weather service the DWD.

Anti-corruption unit grills Telenor on Uzbek deal
Norway

Anti-corruption unit grills Telenor on Uzbek deal

Telenor, Norway’s majority state-owned phone company, has been pulled into the corruption case surrounding Russian phone company Vimpelcom in Uzbekistan, with Norwegian investigators visiting its offices this week.

Bayern’s Hoeneß gets jail for major tax fraud
Germany

Bayern’s Hoeneß gets jail for major tax fraud

UPDATE: A German court Thursday sentenced football legend Uli Hoeneß, president of powerhouse club Bayern Munich, to three-and-a-half years in jail for major tax fraud.

Eric Cantona arrested in London over assault
France

Eric Cantona arrested in London over assault

Former France international footballer Eric Cantona, known for his fiery temper on the pitch, has been arrested and cautioned by British police over an attack on a man in the upmarket district of Primrose Hill.

Foreign PhDs welcome Swedish visa reform bill
Sweden

Foreign PhDs welcome Swedish visa reform bill

Sweden's migration minister wants foreign PhD students to be granted permanent residence after four years of research, welcome news for highly-skilled international researchers who have lobbied for reform.

Milan ‘clinic of horrors’ doctor ‘killed’ four
Italy

Milan ‘clinic of horrors’ doctor ‘killed’ four

A surgeon accused of performing operations which led to the death of at least four people and two unrequired mastectomies should be sentenced to life, a prosecutor has said.

Swedish cops to probe journo’s murder in Kabul
Sweden

Swedish cops to probe journo’s murder in Kabul

Swedish police have launched an investigation into the murder of journalist Nils Horner, who was shot in the back of the head while on his way to conduct a street interview in Kabul on Tuesday.

Book lists 16,000 Nazi collaborator suspects
Norway

Book lists 16,000 Nazi collaborator suspects

A maverick Norwegian publisher has launched a new book containing the full list of the 16,000 Norwegians suspected of collaborating with the country's Nazi occupiers during the Second World War.

Gut claims super-G title after Lenzerheide win
Switzerland

Gut claims super-G title after Lenzerheide win

Swiss skier Lara Gut won her second competition in as many days on Thursday at Lenzerheide in the canton of Graubünden to capture the World Cup title for super-G.

What’s so great about… Düsseldorf?
Germany

What’s so great about… Düsseldorf?

A wealthy city straddling the Rhine river, Düsseldorf kicks off our new series looking at where you should live in Germany.

MEP calls for Milan red light district
Italy

MEP calls for Milan red light district

An Italian MEP this week called for brothels to be reopened, suggesting a red light district should be created in Milan.

France’s favourite idioms – Lost in translation?
France

France’s favourite idioms – Lost in translation?

The French have chosen their favourite idioms but to most Anglos the expressions will probably be lost in translation. Take a look through this slideshow and see how many of France's favourite expressions you can understand.

Woman in convertible showered in manure
Germany

Woman in convertible showered in manure

A woman lived every convertible car driver’s worst nightmare on Wednesday, when a manure spreader being towed by a tractor burst open in front of her.

Swede wins gold at world Baking Masters
Sweden

Swede wins gold at world Baking Masters

Håkan Johansson's wizardry with bread won him a top prize at the Paris Baking Masters. Find out what our Swede of the Week thinks makes the perfect croissant.

Swedish museum shows Game of Thrones outfits
Sweden

Swedish museum shows Game of Thrones outfits

Sweden's Royal Armoury has placed costumes from hit TV show Game of Thrones next to historical artifacts, including the coronation robe of Sweden's King Erik XIV, whose murderous antics rival any fictional power play.

Amazon to open logistics hub in Spain: Reports
Spain

Amazon to open logistics hub in Spain: Reports

Online retail giant Amazon is planning to open a huge new distribution in Barcelona, Spanish media reported on Tuesday. The company has neither confirmed nor denied the rumours.

Gang used fake profile to lure gay man to beating
Norway

Gang used fake profile to lure gay man to beating

A gang of men in Norway set up a fake profile on a gay dating site to lure an unsuspecting man to a deserted car park for al-fresco sex, where they threatened him with a baseball bat and shot him with a BB gun.

Horsemeat from US is a ‘health risk’ to French
France

Horsemeat from US is a ‘health risk’ to French

A French animal rights' group claimed on Thursday that horsemeat imported to France from North and South America comes from animals treated with a dangerous drug that's banned from human consumption.

576,900 jobseekers in Spain have never worked
Spain

576,900 jobseekers in Spain have never worked

One in ten jobseekers in Spain have never been able to get their foot in the door, making it 576,900 people who are trapped in the vicious circle of no work – no experience.

Renzi makes the pizza case for Italy change
Italy

Renzi makes the pizza case for Italy change

Italy's baby-faced new leader on Thursday defended his radical plan to shake up the country, accusing his critics of having no idea what it is like to live without enough money to treat the kids to a pizza.

Top Ten: Spain’s coolest hotels 2014
Spain

Top Ten: Spain’s coolest hotels 2014

Tired of staying in hotels without any character? Looking for accommodation with a difference? Then check out The Local List of Spain's coolest places to stay. We promise you'll never want to leave.

Norway strikes mackerel quota deal with EU
Norway

Norway strikes mackerel quota deal with EU

The European Union has reached an agreement over controversial mackerel quotas with Norway and the Faroe Islands, prompting an angry reaction from Iceland on Thursday.

‘Sex toy was a birthday gift’: Bolzano politician
Italy

‘Sex toy was a birthday gift’: Bolzano politician

A politician from the provincial council of Bolzano has denied dipping into public funds to buy a sex toy, which she said was a birthday gift for a male colleague.

Skiing meshes with yoga on St. Moritz piste
Switzerland

Skiing meshes with yoga on St. Moritz piste

Ski-yoga is more than a fashionable gimmick, as The Local’s Emily Mawson learns when she finds her skiing improving on St. Moritz’s new yoga piste — the first of its kind in the world.

Norway road among world’s most lethal
Norway

Norway road among world’s most lethal

A popular Norwegian tourist route has been ranked one of Europe's five most dangerous roads in a new interactive map of deadly highways across the world.

Drugs: French seizures of khat and cannabis soar
France

Drugs: French seizures of khat and cannabis soar

Cannabis seizures in France soared last year according to an end-of-year report by French customs officials. Marijuana was not the only illegal substance that was confiscated in huge amounts in 2013. An incredible 44 tomes of the khat was impounded at Channel ports.

Afghan robs police gun, then shoots himself
Italy

Afghan robs police gun, then shoots himself

A 21-year-old man from Afghanistan on Wednesday stole a policeman's gun and shot himself in the head in Trieste, northern Italy, reportedly on the day his asylum permit expired.

BMW and VW celebrate strong sales
Germany

BMW and VW celebrate strong sales

Two German car giants unveiled soaring sales and profits on Thursday. BMW said it achieved record earnings while Volkswagen hopes to sell a record 10 million vehicles this year.

Driver of crashed bus in ‘wrong gear’: passenger
Switzerland

Driver of crashed bus in ‘wrong gear’: passenger

A passenger is blaming the driver of a bus for a crash in Spain’s Gran Canaria island that killed a Swiss man and injured 17 others on Monday.

New ‘fat’ gene to help in fight against obesity
Spain

New ‘fat’ gene to help in fight against obesity

Scientists working in Spain, the US, and Canada have identified a 'fat gene' they say could play a key role in the fight against global obesity.

Woman begs for arrest to get husband’s attention
Italy

Woman begs for arrest to get husband’s attention

An Italian woman from Bergamo resorted to crime after her husband spent more time looking at his laptop than he did at her.

Coma girl’s sketch sparks hunt for driver
Italy

Coma girl’s sketch sparks hunt for driver

An 18-year-old woman who spent five months in a coma has drawn a picture of the car she believes hit her, prompting a new police investigation, Italian media reported on Thursday.

Simpsonized: Barça stars get cartoon treatment
Spain

Simpsonized: Barça stars get cartoon treatment

As part of a brand-new merchandise deal with Twentieth Century Fox, FC Barcelona's top players have been transformed into characters from the world's most famous cartoon comedy: The Simpsons.

Swiss franc surges on rising Ukraine concerns
Switzerland

Swiss franc surges on rising Ukraine concerns

Pity North American tourists visiting Switzerland: the American and Canadian dollars have dived again against the Swiss franc, which is assuming its safe have status in the wake of concerns about Ukraine.

Mystery attackers target gay Swedish couple
Sweden

Mystery attackers target gay Swedish couple

Two men living together in a small village in western Sweden were targeted in a third apparently homophobic attack on Wednesday night, leaving the couple wondering whether it's time to leave town.

German-Polish border checks to start again
Germany

German-Polish border checks to start again

Police in an eastern German state will reintroduce border controls between Poland and Germany due to rising crime rates, seven years after checks at crossings were scrapped.

Frenchman’s sinuses stop suicide bullet
France

Frenchman’s sinuses stop suicide bullet

A Frenchman miraculously survived an attempt to take his own life on Wednesday when the bullet fired from his gun became lodged in his sinuses. The man then drove himself to the hospital to have it removed.

Shamed former minister ‘hid €2.5m in UK account’
France

Shamed former minister ‘hid €2.5m in UK account’

France’s disgraced former budget minister Jerôme Cahuzac, who was sacked after admitting he hid funds in a Swiss account, also had a €2.5 million stashed in a secret bank account in the Isle of Man, a British tax haven, it was claimed on Thursday.

Catholics hiding church’s Islamic past: critics
Spain

Catholics hiding church’s Islamic past: critics

Spanish campaigners accuse the country's Catholic Church of trying to cover up the Islamic history of Cordoba Cathedral, a world heritage site that was originally a mosque.

Writer trades shopping for hunter-gathering
Germany

Writer trades shopping for hunter-gathering

For a year writer Greta Taubert turned her back on consumerism in favour of self-sufficiency. Her experiment in independent living doubled up as preparation for an apocalypse, making her The Local’s German of the Week.

Police evict Romanians from Stockholm camp
Sweden

Police evict Romanians from Stockholm camp

Police have evicted a large group of Romanian migrants who had set up temporary living arrangements in a suburb of northern Stockholm.

Oath fail stops Moroccan from becoming Italian
Italy

Oath fail stops Moroccan from becoming Italian

A Moroccan man who has lived in Italy for 22 years had his application for citizenship rejected after failing to read the official oath.

Merkel warns Russia of ‘massive’ damage
Germany

Merkel warns Russia of ‘massive’ damage

UPDATE: Germany warned Russia Thursday of long-term damage to its interests if it continued to violate international law with its seizure of Ukraine's Crimean peninsula. But a new poll showed Germans were against sanctions.

Spanish region ramps up search for Franco victims
Spain

Spanish region ramps up search for Franco victims

Spain's most populous region, Andalusia, on Tuesday announced measures to step up the search for the remains of people who went missing during the 1936-39 civil war and the rule of General Francisco Franco.

Lufthansa profits fall by 75 percent
Germany

Lufthansa profits fall by 75 percent

Lufthansa, Germany's biggest airline, said on Thursday that its bottom-line profit nosedived in 2013, but it will resume dividend payments to shareholders.

Swedes swarm to join the home guard
Sweden

Swedes swarm to join the home guard

The Swedish home guard (hemvärnet) has received twice as many applications as normal since Russia took actions in Crimea, a newspaper noted on Thursday.

Paris car-sharing scheme Autolib’ set for London
France

Paris car-sharing scheme Autolib’ set for London

Paris's groundbreaking electric car-sharing scheme looks set to be rolled out in London in the next 12 months, Vincent Bollore the French tycoon behind the capital's Autolib' project said on Wednesday.

Removal men find live python in cupboard
Germany

Removal men find live python in cupboard

Furniture removers discovered a live python in a cupboard when they cleared out an apartment in Stuttgart on Wednesday.

PSG ease into quarters where big guns await
France

PSG ease into quarters where big guns await

PSG eased past Bayer Leverkusen into the quarter finals of the Champions League on Wednesday after winning 2-1 on the night and 6-1 on aggregate. Laurent Blanc's team can expect a tougher tie in the next round where giants like Bayern Munich and Barcelona await.

Weekend snow to erase early Swedish spring
Sweden

Weekend snow to erase early Swedish spring

Temperatures will dip below zero in parts of the country on the weekend, reversing a spell of sunshine and high temperatures that brought spring to Sweden early in the season. Northern Swedes can get their skis and sledges out of storage again too.

‘Bjørn, godammit, you’ve taken all the aircraft!’
Norway

‘Bjørn, godammit, you’ve taken all the aircraft!’

Norwegian Air Shuttle's chief executive Bjørn Kjos has boasted that his risky bet on Boeing’s new 787 Dreamliner has given him a five-year head start on long haul routes over his Irish rival Ryanair.